Post-gloom in Hillaryland, Obama = Princess Leia, NYC death rate reaches historic low

To warm up, we begin with a throwback — Christopher Morris’ 2003 satirical interpretation/re-framing of President Bush’s State of the Union address:

“…this year, for the first time, we must offer every child in America three nuclear missiles.”

If that doesn’t get you ready to read about presidential primaries, we don’t know what will. So:

The Atlantic has an insider report from the Hillary camp, describing first the “deep sense of gloom that settled over Hillaryland,” and then the New Hampshire-born elation that followed. Slate suggests that New Hampshire voters lied during polls, and then cast their vote for Hillary when it mattered. The report also suggests that Obama’s New Hampshire showing is reminiscent of “black candidates who have polled significantly higher than their white opponents, only to confront a very different reality when the votes are counted.” But that suggests primary voting indicates “reality” — which we’re not so sure about. Across the Atlantic Ocean, the Guardian suggests Hillary’s win is good for America.

While we’re on the topic of Candidate Performance, here’s something idiotic, and here’s a little insight into Collective Behavior and Public Opinion. There will be a test tomorrow.

More after the jump.

Headlines:

Cheeky pranksters bare ass for freedom. Twice.

‘No-go’ zones facing Muslims

New York City death rate reaches historic low

Are suburban policing tactics too tough in Philadelphia?

Antiwar Groups Claim Victory in Settlement Over Great Lawn

Debate over segregationists’ march continues in Central La.

Post NorCal storm: Precautions help you keep your calm

And a portal to a very, very lazy future: GM Researching Driverless Cars

We leave you with two quotes, one from Mike Huckabee:

“People would rather elect a president who reminds them of the guy they work with, not the guy who laid them off.”

And another one, considerably less topical, from Jean-Luc Godard:

“To be or not to be. That’s not really a question.”

Be excellent to each other.

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